The divorce process itself can be one of the most trying times of your life, but life after divorce may present even more challenges. While you may not be able to fully escape these challenges, one study from LendingTree found that simply living in a certain city can make the post-divorce recovery process just a little easier.

Good news for those in our area: the study names Minneapolis as the best U.S. city to live in after divorce. Minneapolis joins other Midwest cities at the top of the list, including Milwaukee and Detroit. But what makes these cities special for recent divorcés?

Why Minneapolis?

The study used a few different indicators to determine which cities may be best for divorced people, including:

  • Economy: This includes the median income for divorcés, as well as the income difference between divorced singles and families with a single earner (citing that “in a perfect world, divorced people would have the same income as any other family with a single earner”). They also considered factors such as the costs of owning a home in that area, and how feasible it is for a divorced person to buy their own home.
  • Dating pool: While more subjective, this area reflects the balance between the number of single men and single women in the area, as well as how many single people are in the area in total. This is meant to measure the likelihood for finding love after divorce.
  • Remarriage and divorce rates: While it’s impossible to pinpoint one single factor that leads to divorce, this measure attempts to determine if a city’s conditions may be partly to blame for marriage failures in the area.

LendingTree studied divorced adults mostly between the ages of 35 and 64. Minneapolis had exceptional economic scores, as well as a favorable ratio of single people to divorced and separated people.

If you’re looking to move away from the area after your divorce, other cities in the Midwest also performed well, particularly due to low home ownership costs and the high rates of home ownership among divorced people. Economically, at least, the Midwest seems perfect for a new chapter in life.

Getting back on your feet after divorce

Everybody copes in different ways. Divorce may be a saving grace for you, and there may be very few challenges you face to get back on your feet. But if you’re like many people going through divorce, you will need to work to build a new life following the end of your marriage.

As noted in the study above, finding financial security is a huge factor in recovering. The ability to maintain your quality of life, even after the financial strain of divorce, can allow you to take more time to focus on the emotional and psychological recovery process, so you can truly move forward with your life.